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Science supports critical need to reduce urine in swimming pools

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"Everything we do, at NSPF, we believe will help more people live healthier lives," says Tom Lachocki, Ph.D., CEO of National Swimming Pool Foundation. One thing NSPF does is fund research and invite leading scientists to present their findings at the annual World Aquatic Health Conference. Ernest R. Blatchley III, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, one of the lead researchers in the study referenced in the link below, has been a long-time grant recipient from the National Swimming Pool Foundation.

In addition, he presented the findings in this recently published work at the 2013 World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC).

In 2013, NSPF led a two-prong initiative to make pool water safer - addressing the science about urine and chlorine, and the impact on health. A workshop was held at the 2013 WAHC to explore strategies to influence human behavior.

The study discussed in the link shows how critical it is that we encourage recreational and competitive swimmers to use the rest room, not the pool. One in five Americans admits to peeing in the pool, according to a 2012 survey by the Water Quality and Health Council. Unfortunately, several high-profile Olympians have said it is OK to pee in the pool. Nearly 100% of elite competitive swimmers admit to peeing in the pool.

Dr. Blatchley and a few other leading researchers will present advanced water chemistry seminars at the 2014 World Aquatic Health Conference in Portland Oregon. Registration opens April 1st. Mark your calendars for October 8-10, 2014 to learn the latest!

Here is the link to the paper:

We need to reach more people with the critical message that urinating in the pool has huge health impact for thousands. 

Please, share this information in your next publication, and with colleagues, family members and friends. 

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Comment by Richard A. Falk on July 29, 2014 at 10:36am

For a humorous account of what I discovered going on in my own residential swimming pool, see the following thread I wrote:

While peeing in one's own residential pool may have minor consequences, the same cannot be said in a commercial/public pools where the high bather-load and even a small percentage of patrons urinating can cause significant increases in disinfection by-products.

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